Salma Hayek Chosen to Receive French Knighthood

Salma Hayek

The 'Savages' actress will be inducted into the Legion d'Honneur with the rank of Chevalier or Knight as her father-in-law Francois Pinault is promoted into the rank of Grand Officer.

Salma Hayek will be knighted in France. On Sunday, January 1, the official New Year's list of President Nicolas Sarkozy was announced, and the 45-year-old actress is unraveled to be among those who are going to receive the Legion d'Honneur from with the grade of Chevalier or "Knight".

Words are, the actress voicing Kitty Softpaws in "Puss in Boots" is likely to be formally inducted into the Legion within the next two months at the Elysees Palace. The handing out of the merit award, which was founded by Napoleon in 1802, will include a Presidential medal pinning.

Hayek isn't the first non-French to win the award. Past recipients included Jerry Lewis, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford and Robert De Niro. Her induction, though, holds special meaning since since her father-in-law, Francois Pinault, was promoted in the same list to the Legion's rank of Grand Officer.


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